GAD News Feed for March 19 - 25, 2016


March 19 - 25, 2016

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MB/March 24, 2016/ Nation/ John Unson

ARMM women play key roles in governance

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Malacañang’s recent designation of two Muslim women as prosecutors for Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur made more relevant the 2016 commemoration in the south of the National Women’s Month. This year’s Women’s Month in the Philippines, themed “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda,” started on March 1 and will last until March 31.

MB/March 22, 2016/ Business/ Milwida M. Guevara

The poor and Madam Lagarde

Madam Christine Lagarde, the top honcho of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), did not meet my expectations. I thought she would be formal and talk about how the thoughts of Piketty and other leading economists on the rising inequality in the world.  After all, the IMF just finished a study that noted with concern how the growing inequity in Asia dampens capacities of economies to grow and increases the risk of political and social instability in Asia. I found Madam Lagarde to be quite engaging.  She focused her questions not on statistics but on stories of the poor and women in the Philippines.  She was concerned that a large number of children are out of school and that women bear most of the burden of child and home care.

MB/March 22, 2016/ Opinions and Editorials/ Florangel Braid

Women in history

It is a coincidence that a number of Filipino women who had made a remarkable imprint in our history were born in March which happens to be International Women’s Month. Among them are three educators and women of arts and letters – Paz Marquez-Benitez, Rosa Sevilla, and Francisca Reyes-Aquino; two revolutionaries – Marcela Marcelo and Josefa Gabriela Silang; and a lawyer-politician, Carmen Planas.

PDI/March 22, 2016/ Provincial/ Alexander D. Lopez

‘Juana, Be Happy’ program to aid women inmates in Davao


The honor roll citing women for topping their class at the Philippine Military Academy is long and almost expected, despite the PMA being a male enclave. From April 1993 when the PMA accepted its first batch of female cadets, women have proved their mettle and shown themselves equal to their male colleagues when it came to written exams, physical and neuropsychiatric tests, and prequalification interviews conducted at the AFP Medical Center. The only difference in the requirements, according to a PMA official, is the extra 2 inches in height expected of male applicants.

MB/March 21, 2016/ Lifestyle/ Cheshire Que

Celebrating womanhood

Since time immemorial, women have always been compared to men and, in some countries, perceived unequal to men up to this very day. Instead of starting a debate over who is the stronger gender, I would rather focus on the woman’s unique ability to perform various roles, which require tremendous effort and somehow compromise health.

PS/March 20, 2016/ Editorial

Political participation

The country has had two women presidents, and in this election season, two women are seeking the nation’s top post while another is running for vice president. All over the country, women are also vying for many other elective positions.

MB/March 21, 2016/ Business

Avon dedicates $1B for women causes

Avon global philanthropy programs, led by the US based Avon Foundation, focus on funding breast cancer research and advancing access to quality care through the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, and efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. Funds are raised through cause-related product sales, Avon 39 The Walk To End Breast Cancer donations, and Avon Walk Around the World events.

MB/March 21, 2016/ Bulletin Board

Magical treat for women at Enchanted Kingdom


In celebration of National Women’s Month, Enchanted Kingdom (EK) gives tribute to ladies by offering the “Enchanting Kababaihan Promo.”

TS/March 19, 2016/ Provinces/ Mel Caspe

Tingog Sinirangan Party-list champions women’s agenda

Tingog Sinirangan Party-list, a regional political party contending in the upcoming elections, calls for inclusion of women in the government’s development agenda. Sharilee Gaspay-Mauro, third nominee of Tingog Sinirangan Party-list, addressed hundreds of women community and barangay leaders. Gaspay-Mauro gave a talk on the theme of the National Women’s Month: “Kapakanan ni Juana, Isama sa Agenda!” or “Katungdanan ni Juana, Ig-upod ha Adyenda.”

TS/March 19, 2016/ Provinces/ Mel Caspe

Tingog Sinirangan Party-list champions women’s agenda

Tingog Sinirangan Party-list, a regional political party contending in the upcoming elections, calls for inclusion of women in the government’s development agenda.

PS/March 19, 2016/ Headlines/ Davinci Maru

More women voters, but still more men in power

MANILA - In traditional societies, the home remains the primary domain of women. They are often relegated to supposedly feminine roles as child-bearers and housekeepers, or as all-around nurturer of families.

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PIA/ March 23, 2016/ Leandria P. Pagunsan

VAWC now a public crime, says family court judge

DUMAGUETE CITY — Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) is now considered a public crime.  Branch 37 (Family Court) Judge Maria Angelita Alcoran during her talk at the recent Multi-Sectoral Women’s Summit/ Forum and Workshop held in celebration of Women’s Month said that 65% of criminal cases filed in her court account for VAWC, most of which are rape involving children. According to Judge Alcoran, sexual abuses committed against children are incest in nature perpetrated by their own fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles or cousins.

Interaksyon/ March 23, 2016/ Imelda V. Abano

SPECIAL REPORT FOR WOMEN'S MONTH | Gender-based violence continues in disaster-stricken areas

TACLOBAN CITY - Super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) that hit the Philippines in November 2013 brought unprecedented devastation: displaced and affected more than 18.4 million people, killed more than 6,000 people, and caused P89.6 billion in economic losses. Among those who survived the disaster, women and children particularly suffered and continue to suffer the most. This Women’s Month, this article highlights the unreported plight of women and children in disaster-stricken areas in the Philippines, especially in Samar and Leyte.

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The Guardian/ March 25, 2016/ Laura Bates

What use are women's networks? We need less talk and more action from businesses

When Rashida Manjoo, UN special rapporteur on violence against women, visited Britain in 2014, she described a “boys’ club sexist culture” that has a negative impact on women throughout the UK. Now a new report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) suggests that “old boys’ networks” are barring women from the boardroom at some of the UK’s biggest companies.

UN Women/ March 24, 2016/ Oisika Chakrabarti

Press release: UN Commission on the Status of Women urges gender-responsive implementation of Agenda 2030

New York — The 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women concluded today with UN Member States committing to the gender-responsive implementation of Agenda 2030. A set of agreed conclusions called for enhancing the basis for rapid progress, including stronger laws, policies and institutions, better data and scaled-up financing.

UN Women/ March 24, 2016

Research reveals how fragile settings exacerbate inequalities

UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality launched new research on women’s economic empowerment in fragile States this week on the sidelines of the 60th Commission on the Status of Women in New York. The research reveals that 43 per cent of the world’s poorest live in fragile States affected by climate change, natural disasters or conflicts; and 70 per cent of them are women, youth and children, propelling women to the forefront of eradicating poverty and strengthening the resilience of fragile communities.

The Guardian/ March 24, 2016/ Liz Ford

World leaders accused of backtracking on gender equality commitments

Claims that world leaders are backtracking on their commitment to end gender inequality have emerged on the final day of negotiations at the Commission on the Status of Women.

UN Women/ March 22, 2016/ Oisika Chakrabarti

Press release: Galvanizing efforts towards the 2030 Agenda and fostering partnerships, UN Women unveils new Media Compact

(New York)— At the United Nations Headquarters’ in New York, during a packed side event of the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women today launched an innovative partnership with leading media houses to galvanize attention and concrete action towards the 2030 Agenda. The Step it Up for Gender Equality Media Compact brings together a broad coalition of media outlets from every region who work in print, broadcast and online news media to ensure wide reach and robust efforts towards women’s rights and gender equality.

Washington Post/ March 22, 2016/ Danielle Paquette

The real reason young women leave their jobs

New York magazine’s Ann Friedman recently offered advice for employers who’d like to attract and retain top female talent: “Pay us enough that if you were to accidentally email the entire office a spreadsheet containing everyone’s salary, you wouldn’t be ashamed” … Friedman cited a new survey of women, ages 22 to 35, who graduated from college within the last 10 years. When researchers asked why they’d left a job, respondents didn’t support the old "It's time to focus on my family" narrative. “Surprisingly,” the report reads, “young women identified finding a higher paying job, a lack of learning and development, and a shortage of interesting and meaningful work as the primary reasons why they may leave.”

UN Women/ March 21, 2016

Women's economic empowerment critical for safeguarding food security

Before the cyclone, Rakesh Prakash and his family relied on the income they received from the produce they harvested on their 10-acre farm in Toge, Fiji. Twice a week they would harvest 300-400kg of eggplant, chillies, cow peas and spinach and take it to the local market to sell to market vendors, who would then on-sell it to the public.

IPS/ March 21, 2016/ N Chandra Mohan

Reaping the Gender Dividend

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia- For the first time, an all-female flight crew recently operated a Royal Brunei Airlines jet from Brunei to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. Such a feat certainly appears noteworthy in a country where gender segregation is pervasive. When women are still not permitted to drive a car; where there are separate entrances for men and women in banks, is there a possibility of an all-female crew operating a Saudi Airlines plane from Jeddah to Brunei? Not immediately, as there are disturbing signs that the limited gains on the gender front might face reversals.

IPS/ March 19, 2016/ Thalif Deen

UN Laboriously Strives for its First Female Secretary-General

UNITED NATIONS - When the only female candidate failed in her attempt to become UN Secretary-General back in late 2006, an Asian diplomat weighed in with an upgraded Biblical quote: “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle”, he said, “than for a woman to become the Secretary-General of the United Nations.”

The Guardian/ March 19, 2016/ Molly Redden

Women in science on Wikipedia: will we ever fill the information gap?

In early March, the internet was introduced to the best-case scenario for what happens when women are the butt of online abuse: Emily Temple-Wood. Since she was 12 years old, The 24-year-old Loyola University of Chicago biology student has contributed hundreds of biographies of prominent women in science to Wikipedia, in the name of improving its coverage of female scientists. With her mission came exposure, and with exposure, a hail of lewd and misogynist emails that objected to her work … But in addition to swelling the ranks of women scientists in Wikipedia’s vast catalogues, Temple-Wood’s mission is raising another question: why was there such an imbalance in the first place?